- Access to emails
- Access to the Internet
- Eating chocolate or sweets
- Drinking Caffeine in its many forms
- Bread and other wheat products (pasta to name one)
- Your favourite TV programme or Game (you know the one you watch or play repeatedly)
- Reading or watching the news
- Eating your favourite fruit or vegetable
- Drinking water (by drinking other fluids instead)
- Talking to a friend
- Writing to a colleague
- Reading a book
- Listening to music
- Going to the library to use a reference book
Of course some addictions hide and we're in denial about the impact they have on our lives. We only realise the strength of the addiction when we try going 3 days without something - although we do need to go 28 days to really get it out of our system.
As I've shared in blogs over the last few months I've been having problems with my knees. The doctor suggested a new knee and I thought I'd look at what else might be impacting the pain I was having. This blog isn't about the link between wheat and my pain it's a blog about how addicted I was to wheat without knowing it.
In the past, for a variety of reasons, I've tried many different exclusion diets - meat, alchol, dairy, nightshades (pots & toms) and had very few problems with doing so for up to 28 days or more in some cases. Although that first jacket potato with cheese and beans after the nightshade exclusion was pure bliss. It was a totally different story when I tried to give up wheat. A reaction that I can only put down to being addicted to wheat because it included:
- Saying "It's impossible to have a meal without wheat"
- Looking in my very full fridge and having no clue what I could make
- Being told, 4 weeks in, I was becoming boring because it was all I talked about
- It was all I thought about too
- Grumpy too
What would consume your every waking moment if you gave it up and what steps will you take to easily release the hold of this addiction?
The Purchasing Coach
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